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Trang Wants to Skate a Marathon
Inline skater Doan-Trang Tran took her first
skating lesson in April of 2004 and that was also her
very first day on inline skates.
She dreams of skating a full marathon
some day and she has been asking me about the Duluth Marathon in Minnesota.
Can Trang learn enough and train hard enough in
less than five months to finish
the Northshore Inline Marathon on September 18, 2004?
(read Trang's article and post a note in
our forum telling her what you think)
I Want to Skate a Marathon
by Doan-Trang Tran
Kathie Fry of SkateLog.com
Hello, my name is Doan-Trang Tran and I want to skate
a marathon on September 18, 2004 in Duluth, Minnesota. I know you are going
to tell me "Sure, you can do it" but there is one little problem...
I don't know how to skate.
Before getting into the details of my plan, let me tell you a little bit
about myself. I am thirty and a woman.
I am originally from Vietnam but now I live in Southern California near Los Angeles.
My full Vietnamese name is Doan-Trang Tran but my friends call me Trang.
I love outdoor activities. I do biking every day on the South Bay Bike Path.
I also do yoga twice a week and walking on the weekends. I enjoy these
exercises very much. So you may ask, why do I want to skate? Well,
there is a story behind it.
Why I Want to Skate
When I was a teenager in Vietnam, I tried to skate one time in a small
roller skating rink in Saigon. It was so crowded. It
looked like a zoo with hundreds of kids. There were a few of them
who knew how to skate, but some of them were first time skaters, and most
just did not know what they were doing. I guess they just came there
to run into the others. As a result, I fell and broke my jade
bangle. In Vietnamese culture, it is a bad sign when you break
a jade bangle. I was so sad and discouraged and I did not ever try to skate
after that. Now I am in my early thirties. I decided to face my fears,
of which I have quite a few. And you may guess, skating is one of them.
So now I want to learn how to skate and... I want to skate a marathon.
My Plan to Start Skating
I did some research on the Internet about inline skating. I checked
Kathie Fry's SkateLog.com site and I talked to her about
my intentions and to seek her advice. She was so excited and
pointed me in some directions to get me started. Kathie advised
me to take at least one lesson before "breaking anything by trying
to skate on my own" (she said). Learning from my past experience,
I think she is absolutely right. I signed up with
California Skate School
Janet Miller Sheehan.
Over the next few weeks I will share with you all of my experiences
I want to share with you what it is like for a
beginner to turn into a marathon skater in only five months. I know that there are
a lot of people out there who are just like me. We want to do
something we never had any guts to do before.
Is Trang's Dream Possible?
Tell Trang what you think
about her hope to finish skating a full inline
marathon only five months after her first day on inline skates.
[Talk to Trang in Our Forum]
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